Havelock St construction progressing well

Works have begun to construct the new intersection of Havelock and Osburn streets as the new road takes shape.

The extension of Havelock St completes the inner ring road giving vehicles an alternative route to move around the CBA.

The new road will have a single lane of traffic in each direction, cycle lanes, centre median parking, shared footpaths, street lighting, intersection with traffic lights at Osburn St and landscaping.

Councillors approved an additional contingency sum be allocated for the project at the January meeting after the material in the rail embankment was found to not be suitable for the road construction.

Cr Ron Mildren said the motion to approve the extra contingency, which may or may not be required, was appropriate.

The allocation of an additional amount of $250,000 provides certainty to enable works to proceed should further latent conditions be encountered while constructing the new intersection and through to the completion of the works.

“This is a responsible mechanism to deal with any issues that may arise throughout construction,” Cr Mildren said.

“It is appropriate to ensure that works continue in an efficient manner to minimise the impact on the community and businesses.”

The project budget is more than $3.5 million with the project costs, including the additional contingency should it be required, will be about $3.1 million.

Osburn St, from Hovell St to Queen St, is closed while the new intersection is constructed. Detours are in place and the works are expected to take up to six weeks, weather permitting. Motorists are advised to take Queen or Hovell streets to Reid St.

All businesses in Osburn St are accessible and open for businesses – just follow the detour signs.

The project is part of the National Stronger Regions Funding program and is scheduled for completion in April-May this year.